Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: 'This family has been tested'
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May 31st, 2011
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Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: 'This family has been tested'

Dillsburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Todd Palin told a handful of reporters Tuesday that his wife will decide on her own whether or not to seek the presidency. He is not pushing her one way or the other, he said.

But he emphasized that if the former Alaska governor does choose to embark on another national campaign, he and their children will be ready.

"This family has been tested," Palin said. "When people talk about how she was just plucked up out of Wasilla, you have to look at her career. Every step in her career is another step for the family, and we were prepared.

"These kids grew up around the mayor of small town," he added. "Local politics is in your face every day. It's not like you get on a plane and fly to D.C. or Juneau."

The normally-reserved Palin opened up about his family for a few moments after he and Sarah pulled over their "One Nation" bus at Coffee Express, a charming café in the central Pennsylvania town of Dillsburg.

Palin said there is a list of "pros and cons" that the family is weighing. "But this country, we have to get back on the right track," he said.

Echoing his wife's earlier declarations that the presidential field will take time to settle, Todd Palin said she has time to make up her mind.

The race is "a long ways away," he said - a calculation that is sure to be disputed by other Republicans who are already laying presidential groundwork in key early caucus and primary states.

"It's up to her what she decides to do," Palin said. "I am not pushing her either way. It's her decision."

He said Palin has no plans to invite reporters onto their tour bus for gab sessions, in the style of John McCain's 'Straight Talk Express' bus from the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

"It's a different scenario," he said. "She's employed by Fox."

The Palins began day three of their much-hyped bus tour by ducking reporters to tour the battlefields at Gettysburg before making their way toward Philadelphia.

At the café in Dillsburg, they bought a few mid-morning cups of coffee and visited with a pair of locals who were caught off guard by the swarm of media that trailed them into the tiny shop.

She also took several questions from reporters, as she has done at nearly every stop on the tour, including one about ethanol subsidies, a controversial topic she will surely confront if she competes in the Iowa caucuses.

Fiscal conservatives oppose the subsidies an expensive federal handout, but Iowa's agriculture-fueled economy has depended on them for years.

Palin said she opposes energy subsidies, a statement that would put her at odds with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the putative frontrunner for the GOP nomination, but in line with another candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

"I think that all of our energy subsidies need to be re-looked at today and eliminated," she said. "And we need to make sure that we're investing and allowing our businesses to invest in reliable energy products right now that aren't going to necessitate subsidies, because bottom line, we can't afford it."

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  1. MiddleOfTheRoad

    She's employed by Fox. She's riding in a Sarah PAC bus. She's having a nice vacation. And, there are probably people lining up to donate.......I just can't figure it out.

    May 31, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    ... We do not even have "hundreds of millions" of registered voters. We didn't have "hundreds of millions" of votes cast in 2008.
    I stand corrected. It was tens of millions of votes. Obama/ Biden got 70 million and McCain/ Palin got 60 million. 46% of the voters chose McCain and her for the President and Vice President. This was before Obama proved his promises could not be met, even while creating $4 trillion of new American debt. She is a contender for 2012 if she chooses. It's up to her.

    May 31, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Chris~Albany, NY

    And you failed miserably 1/2 term governor.

    May 31, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Palin Power

    Todd is the model husband that every husband should emulate. Good husbands should be completely devoted and supportive of their wives careers and ambitions. The wife and mother is the real rock and core of the family, not the father/husband. The mother is the real bread winner and center of the family.

    May 31, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Russ

    The reason most of the GOP candidates of any substance haven't announced their run yet is because they want to entice Palin into running thinking she won't have any competition. Once she announces the rest will join in because they know what a field day they will have debating Palin. They are just drooling waiting for her and Bachmann to announce they are running. Most of us Dems are too. What fun this would be with Palin and Bachmann running and trying to debate real candidates.......Can't Wait!!

    May 31, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Dee

    The media needs to stop following Sarah Palin she is only duping them and taking up space just like Trump. I thought the media learned a lesson from Donald. She wants the so-called main stream media to follow her around and laugh at them, this is not a joke.

    At some point and time she will need this media outlet but in the mean time there are so many other issues that needs the attention of the media such as the folks in Joplin and our Military who are giving their lives each day for us.


    May 31, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. zin

    Repubs, you are in a Palin bashing zone. a few tips- comment only on information in article, only libs are allowed to bring up topics from other posts and try to tie the same tired lines to their target no matter what the current topic. also, spell every word korektaly, cuts dem responses by half because of course they are somehow blind to errors in lib postings. and finally, sit back and let lib logic amuse you . . . they hate Palin and wish cnn would ignore her. unlike them who are forced daily to click and comment on everything Palin seemingly unaware of how much they vote for more Palin with every click and comment. and yes, those same people think they're smarter than you. i know 🙂

    May 31, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    @Palin Power – I really hope that all the comments you make are just a big joke. If not then you really have a serious problem. Obama/Biden 2012

    May 31, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    Sarah Palin has been tested and has won. Now is the time to defeat the worst President in History. Barack Obama you are finished.

    May 31, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. rodlang

    At least the first dude makes more sense than the First Lady, Michelle. Does she love her country, yet?

    May 31, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. zin

    Stop writing about her! can't you see we lack the willpower to scroll past anything Palin without spewing hate and intolerance?! AAAAAAHHHH!!! I LACK SELF CONTROL. MUST FOCUS ATTENTION ON PERSON I WISH TO IGNORE. YES MEANS NO AND NO MEANS YES! AAAAAGGGHHHH!

    May 31, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Jak Sucio

    leftists never have original thoughts any longer. They wait for Soros, Kos and HuffPo to tell them who they should hate, and while heaping that hate upon their target, scream for civility and kindness. Well, I'll be honest, and just say that I hope you leftists choke on your own bile. President Palin won't be denied.

    May 31, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Tina F.

    I'm no conservative but where has this woman Palin lied? I'll tell you who did, to all of us and that was candidate Barack Obama who by virtue of those lies will not get our vote again (League of Democratic Women Voters). Then our party feels that with these phantom Presidential successes that this President didn't need to be primary'd? Quite the contraire but then again not our decision. Someone will be getting our vote as any Mother who handles the home finances knows we can't continue on like this.

    Look, we all thought McGovern and Carter were shoe in's as well so don’t be too hard on yourselves in 2013, we'll take care of that for ya.

    May 31, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. John

    That just It Todd , no body want her to. Saran Palin Is the Most UNQUALIFIED person in America to ran for Any thing. All she does Is Spread hate. she LIES all the time and I believe she RACIST. And the Reason she hiding from the media Is because she worry they will ask her something she know nothing about. And that petty much everything, except from fox news and they tell her what they are going to ask and tell her what to say. Let just face the fact the woman Is a IDIOT.

    May 31, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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